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“A vivid, soaking up account of a brief interval in background that also resounds today.” —Kirkus Reviews

Beautifully written and brilliantly argued, When the U.S. Spoke French offers a clean viewpoint at the tumultuous years of the US as a tender country, while the Atlantic world’s first republican experiments have been placed to the try out. It explores the country’s formative interval from the perspective of 5 unusual Frenchmen who took shelter in the US after leaving their houses and households in France, crossing the Atlantic, and touchdown in Philadelphia. via their tales, we see probably the most recognized occasions of early American historical past in a brand new light—from the battles with local american citizens at the western frontier to the Haitian Revolution, the Whiskey uprising to the Louisiana buy in 1803.

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